List of Programs from PFLAG Boulder County from 1997-2010
“None of the Above” a solo comedy starring Jennifer Lanier, excellent show to reveal one woman’s journey as a biracial lesbian. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Gaytino” , a one man show in song and dance by Dan Guerrero who shares his personal story of growing up gay in a Latino family; Lives in L.A.
“In the Family,” a locally produced show with monologues and music by several different LGBT groups/individuals as a benefit for our chapter. An opportunity to “give back” to PFLAG and to create a community event.
Faith Communities and LGBT Issues
“Praise God I’m Gay—Coming Out Faithful”, a panel of LGBT persons who have reconciled their faith and their sexual and gender identity.
Social Justice Day for Area Faith Communities: “Confronting Oppression, Homophobia, Racism and Spiritual Violence”; all day workshops with keynote by Jimmie Creech, a former United Methodist minister whose credentials were taken when he continued to oppose church policy to officiate at same-sex unions.
“Shower of Stoles Project: Stories of Spiritual Oppression”, a national touring exhibit of hundreds of liturgical stoles from individuals from diverse faiths who witness to oppression from exclusion of LGBT clergy and members in their denomination. Excellent witness of oppression from real people www.welcomingresources.org/sospstole.htm
“Torah Queeries—Reading of the Bible Through a Bent Lens”—a book launch by Dr. David Schneer and Gregg Drinkwater, co-founders of Jewish Mosaic, a support group for gay Jews, done in partnership with the Jewish Community Center and the City of Boulder’s Office of Human Rights in the public library auditorium. Open to the public and free.
“Jihad for Love”, produced by Sandy DuBowski (Trembling Before God), this was filmed in 12 countries and 9 languages and comes from the heart of Islam. Stories from lesbian and gay Muslims look beyond the hostile and war-torn present to reclaim the Islamic concept of a greater Jihad, whose true meaning is akin to “an inner struggle” or “to strive in the path of God.” (2007) 812 minutes, www.ajihadforlove.com or www.firstrunfeatures.com
“The Preacher’s Son” author and activist, Marc Adams travels with his partner across the country to reach out to students in ultra-conservative college campuses. Speaks to PFLAG chapters along the way, sells his books to support his mission. www.meetmarcadams.com.
“Anti-Semitism and Heterosexism: Common Constructs of Oppression” by Moshe Rozdzial
“Wounded in the Name of God”, author Brent Coleman, licensed psychotherapist in Denver, spoke about religious abuse he suffered as a Fundamentalist Christian coming out as gay. His book by the same title can be found on Amazon.com.
“Ex-Fundamentalist Lesbian Survivor” by Anna Spradlin, member Evangelicals Reconciled.
“For the Bible Tells Me So” long but excellent film, shown at our public library as public event, invited faith communities and clergy to attend. Panel of responders from many faiths.
Advocacy – Political issues (Talking about issues does not endanger our IRS non-profit status.)
“Faith, Family and Fairness” a public forum inviting progressive faith communities to learn about a referendum to allow civil unions in Colorado.
“Marriage Equality Town Meeting” featured a panel of LGBT persons sharing their stories of why marriage was important. We celebrated all the long-term relationships in the audience. Held the event in a community theatre venue on Main St. in a conservation town in our county. Open to the public. Organized by a partnering with gay and straight groups who supported Marriage Equality. This was done a year before the referendum was voted on.
“The Way It Was—The Real History of Marriage” a Power Point presentation by John Ferguson and Sara Winter, PFLAG Denver
“Where Do We Go From Here?” with state legislator allies to talk post election defeat.
“The Dilemma of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by Mara Boyd, outstanding ROTC leader at the University of Colorado, who was kicked out of her Air Force unit when she came out as lesbian to her commander. She now lives in Michigan and actively lobbies for repeal.
Candidates Forums are held in the summer before primaries of local controversial contests. Some six to eight candidates opposing one another for one or two offices are invited with care to include all candidates. They speak for 5 minutes and then handle Q and A from the audience. This is open to the public. Questions about LGBT-related concerns are provided ahead of time. We usually have a big turnout from the community.
“Scouts Honor: Perspectives on the Boy Scout’s anti-Gay Policy” with a panel of gay and straight former Eagle Scouts and current volunteers to speak on both sides of the issue.
“Love Makes A Family” is a photo exhibit that tours nationally. Presents family portraits of same-gender couples with children and text about each family. We got a grant to rent it for 2 months and displayed it in four different venues around the county, the library, a church, a city recreation center with some controversy in one conservative part of the county. Contact: www.lovemakesafamily.org. A Family Diversity Project
Out and Elected in the USA – The First 30 Years: 1974-2004 is a survey, through black and white portraits and texts created by Ron Schlittler (once a national PFLAG staff person), of many of the pioneering openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals elected to public office in the U.S. in those years. www.outhistory.org.
“To Serve and Protect: Law Enforcement Respoonse to LGBT Concerns” panel of the county sheriff, the campus police chief, and the director of Colorado Anti-Violence Project
“Writing the Gay Experience”, a panel of area authors discuss how they address GLBT issues in their writing.
“Health Care Issues and the LGBT Community” speaker from county health department, report on a survey of high school youth at-risk behaviors with focus on disparity of LGBT youth
“Gay Relationships: Finding Them, Improving Them, Making Them Last” by Dr. Julie Colwell and her partner Kathy Kucson who specialize in gay relationship workshops.
“Hate Violence: Getting to the Root of the Issue” by Crystal Middlestadt, Exec. Director of the Colorado Anti-Violence Program
“Nature’s Choice: What Science Reveals About the biological Origins of Sexual Orientation” by author and retired medical school professor, Cheryl Weill.
Bisexuality/Bisensuality: What’s It All About?” a panel of diverse local bisexual persons “Home for the Holiday”, an interactive role-playing exercise where you set up a table as it for a holiday meal. Call for volunteers to fill the seats and have each one choose a card that describes a character they will play. The situation is about “coming out” to family. You can play it out different ways and discuss afterwards. Submitted by Lance Helms, Atlanta, Georgia.
“Straight Talk about GLBT Benefits in Corporate America”, panel of business reps discuss their policies and benefits for LGBT persons
“The Love Ethic of Gay and Straight Relationships” by Delwin Brown, Iliff School of Theology; Discussion of monogamy, serial monogamy, polyamory, and variations.
“Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis at 100” Ruth Ellis is the oldest “out” African American lesbian known. This film offers a rare opportunity to experience a century of our history as lived by one inspiring woman. 1899-1999 Frameline; available only in VHS, 60 minutes;
“Love Makes A Family”, a panel of LGBT parents talked about foster-adopting, or otherwise creating their own families
“Children of Gay Parents”, members of COLAGE, a support organization for children of gay parents, will share their perspectives on what it means socially and personally.
“Then and Now: A Dialogue about Gay Pride Bridging the Generation Gap” an intergenerational panel of gays and lesbians talking about their perceptions of being gay.
“Making Marriage Legal—Does It Matter?” panel of diverse same-sex couples share their experiences, joys and obstacles. Excellent program.
“Opening the Commercial Closet: LGBTQ Images in Popular Culture” by a professor from the School of Journalism, at the University of Colorado.
Allies—Straight for Equality
“Straight for Equality—Stand Up and Speak Out”, a panel of community-wide activist allies who share what they do in diverse areas politics, community service, religion, etc.
“Back to School Lessons from Salt Lake City: Unexpected Allies and a Gay-Straight Alliance” by Glenda Russell and Janis Bohan, research psychologists who interviewed the principal and students at East High School in l999 about their responses to the controversy that arose when the GSA was activated with the blessing of the Mormon principal.
Safe Schools—Youth & Parents
Interactive Theatre Troupe from the University of Colorado improvised scenes that related to homophobia and how to handle difficult situations. Group discussion afterwards was great.
“How Safe Are Out LGBTQ Students in Boulder County Schools?”, the director of Boulder Valley School’s Equity Office, and a panel of students from various schools shared perceptions.
A Brunch for Parents of LGBTQ youth to introduce them to PFLAG as a resource, done in partnership with the county public health sponsored queer youth support group. Done outside of a regular PFLAG meeting to share stories and answer relevant questions.
“Hey Dude, You’re A Fag” by author, C.J. Pascoe, talking about masculinity in high schools; GSA and LGBT Youth support group invited.
“How Safe Are Our Schools?” a panel of educators and LGBT “out” youth
“Coming Out Process for Parents” with both dads and/or moms to share their stories.
“Gay Youth: Parents Respond” Watched the film, Gay Youth, then a parent panel responded.
“So What If I Am?” —gay youth read their own work about coming out and relationships
“Building Bridges of Respect in the Schools”, a panel of persons—educators, parents, youth, discuss the new school district’s anti-discrimination policy. This could be about the need for an inclusive policy.
Transgender Focused Programs
“Face to Face: Meet the Trans People in Your Community” (We’ve done this panel twice with different people because it was so well received.)
“Mental (St)ealth—the Art, Life and Projects of Dylan Scholinski, author, artist and activist”– Dylan was committed to a mental hospital when he came out as transgender. Dylan lives in Denver and uses art as the vehicle for creative expression of queers.
“Diagnosing Difference”, excellent film, especially for medical caregivers, to learn from the inside what it feels like to be transgender and undergo medical treatment.
“Cross Gender: The Dimensions of Sex and Gender” by Kelley Winters who is a trans activist, now retired from the workplace and advocates for trans equality legislation
“Call Me Malcolm”, a documentary about a 25 year-old transgender seminary students and his struggle with faith, love and gender identity. www.callmemalcolm.com
“Living Outside of Gender Norms: Gender, Culture and the Binary Gender Box” by Professor Bud Coleman, head of LGBT Studies Program and Head of the Theatre and Dance Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
“Out of the Box: Families with Transgender Children” stories from local families who have dealt with a child who told them at age 6 or 8 that they were in the wrong body, issues at school and treatment with medical practitioners; we have had this program more than once with different families each time.
“Intersex: What Does It Mean?”, presented by an intersex woman who shared her story. She belongs to the Intersex Society of North America. Contact: www.isna.org
“The History of Drag—Queer Theatre Queens” by Professor Bud Coleman, chair, Dept. of Theatre and Dance and Director of the LGBT Studies Program.
“Dr. Strangelove or Transphobia/Homophobia and Health Care” by Cam Whiteley.
“On the Edges—People of Color” led by the Diversity Director from the University of Colorado
“The Cost of Being Gay and Latino”, a panel of gay Latinos speak of their cultural challenges.
“The Intersection of Race and Homophobia” by Rev. Gil Caldwell, civil rights activist, national PFLAG board member, retired United Methodist minister, prolific writer about this subject.
“Queer People of Color: Crossing Cultures” a panel of diverse people from the University of Colorado shared their perspectives and how it is to be on a mostly white campus
“Living in Two Cultures: Gay and Native American” two Native American lesbians from the C.U. faculty (no longer there).
“Race and Forgiveness” Creating Racial Health and Personal Power” by Patricia Rayabon, author and Assoc. Professor in Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
“Being White in a Multicultural America”, a workshop for board members led by Dr. Eleanor Hubbard, a diversity trainer, who helped us look at our own issues of gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and age. www.uconsultus.com/eleanor.html.
“Familia”: Latino/a Families and GLBT/Queer Identities” panel of 2 college students, a college counselor, and a gay man from El Futuro in Denver—all were Latinos.
“The Story of Bayard Rustin”, a film about the l960’s Civil Rights hero ostracized from the African American community because he was gay; responder was an African American
“Queer People of Color: What are the Issues?” Panel most college students from C.U.